Every year, Dutch Design Awards (DDA) celebrates the best of Dutch design. This year during Dutch Design Week (DDW), we will announce a new DDA winner on DDW TV every afternoon for 8 days. And the winner for the category Best Commissioning is Circulair Warenhuis by Stichting Kringloopbedrijf Het Warenhuis, Popma ter Steege Architecten, buro bordo and Raw Color.
CIRCULAIR WARENHUIS | STICHTING KRINGLOOPBEDRIJF HET WARENHUIS X POPMA TER STEEGE ARCHITECTEN X BURO BORDO X RAW COLOR
In terms of collection, Stichting Kringloopbedrijf Het Warenhuis in Leiden is the second largest second-hand and recycling company in the Netherlands. Of the annual collection of three million kilos of goods, around thirty per cent is unsaleable. In the Circulair Warenhuis, Stichting Kringloopbedrijf Het Warenhuis joins forces with Popma ter Steege Architects, buro bordo and Raw Color to find new ways of reusing and raising awareness. Designers Nienke Hoogvliet, Max Lipsey, Studio Makkink & Bey and Fraser McPhee each researched a flow of waste materials and developed a prototype that can be produced in the workshops at Het Circulair Warenhuis. The in-house concept store presents these prototypes, displays examples of the global traditions of recycling from four museums in Leiden and sells high-quality second-hand goods, upcycled and circular products from Dutch designers.
— ‘Het Circulair Warenhuis is a wonderful example of a case where commissioning is also the outcome; an exemplary project that deserves recognition far beyond Leiden.’
Het Circulair Warenhuis is not based on a limited number of products or pre-defined trending formulas but rather focuses on the diversity of input, processes and possible outcomes. A wonderful example of a case where commissioning is also the outcome. The good call for tenders and the consciously implemented step-by-step approach are distinctive features and the scalability of the project can be seen in the basic idea and the process. The varied selection of prominent designers is well-chosen. Open collaboration with space for experiment has generated a solution that affects new raw materials, upcycling and social employment. An exemplary project that deserves recognition far beyond Leiden.
The prize for commissioning bodies that make strategic and structural use of designers and design in their organisation or institute. From selection and briefing to offering space for creativity and safeguarding the results within their organisation.
Expert jury: Pieter Aarts (chairperson), Madeleine van Lennep, Henk Haaima, Jaina Padberg-Bührmann, Tijn van Elderen and Milou Pikaart.
DDA21 on DDW TV
Dutch Design Awards are rewarded in the daily talk show DDW TV, presented by Brecht van Hulten. DDW TV is from 16-24 October, 7 pm at ddw.nl.